Hindustan Times (Lucknow)



LUCKNOW: Cycle your way to good health, smooth commute and a fatter wallet—is the Samajwadi Party government’s message to citizens.

On its part, the government will paint the state red to demarcate cycle tracks, which will henceforth be part of all detailed project reports and layouts for hi-tech townships and other constructi­on plans.

Initiating a massive effort to push the cycle in the state, chief secretary Alok Ranjan on Friday ordered all principal secretarie­s, secretarie­s, divisional commission­ers, district magistrate­s and other officials concerned to develop bicycle-compliant infrastruc­ture and encourage people to use this mode of transport in view of increasing pollution, traffic congestion and fuel costs.

In his order, Ranjan said authoritie­s should engage in wide publicity of the benefits of cycling through print and electronic media. A policy should be formulated for designing cycle-tracks, parking spaces and signalling system for smooth traffic; besides wide cycle tracks should be developed along the roads to prevent accidents. SPORTS INFRASTRUC­TURE

Reviewing the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan Yojana, Ranjan instructed officials of the youth welfare department to prepare a plan for developing sports infrastruc­ture at block level over the next five years. For the current financial year, 98 blocks had been identified, he said.

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